Herdsmen attack catholic church, slaughter 2 Rev fathers,17 Members In Benue

Henrietta Strickland
April 24, 2018

Revealing the latest killings in the state on his twitter handle, Terver Akase, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State said armed herdsmen slaughtered two catholic priests and 13 worshippers in Mbalom village.

Report reaching DAILY POST from Benue State, has it that suspected herdsmen, Tuesday morning attacked Ayar Mbalom village in Gwer East local Government Area of Benue State, killing 19 persons and burning down over 35 houses.

The Diocese expressed regret at the nonchalant attitude of the security agencies in containing the killings.

It said the herdsmen, who stormed the community, burnt down houses, destroyed crops and killed people.

The escalation of pastoral conflicts in recent years has been triggered by the effects of climate change in Nigeria's north, with lower rainfall and increased desertification of grazing land forcing herdsmen to look farther south to farmlands in a region often described as Nigeria's food basket.

"The attack on the priests is an attack on everything that we ever stood for and believed in".

Many were said to have died on the spot while several others sustained injuries even as remains of the dead were at the time of this report being moved to the morgue of St. Theresa's Hospital.

Herdsmen in the early hours of the morning attacked a Catholic Church and parishioners who went for 5.30 a.m. mass.

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